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John Nelson|Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) [Live]

Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) [Live]

John Nelson

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Though the celebrations in France were rather patchy in terms of official concerts, apart from the Festival Berlioz de La Côte-Saint-André, the anniversary of 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz was marked with great pomp in London, where fervent Berliozian John Nelson, conducted the Requiem on the very day of the event, 8 March 2019, in the gigantic St Paul's Cathedral, at the heart of the "City" of the UK capital.


With three hundred musicians and chorists, this was one of the high points of the Berlioz calendar and a real London 'happening'. To save French honour, a colossal concert was recorded and filmed by a team who came from Paris, under the artistic direction of Daniel Zalay. One can imagine the difficulty involved in recording such a sprawling team, spread out throughout the vast edifice that was built after the great fire of 1666. Miraculously spared by the German bombs of 1940, it has a powerful symbolism for Londoners.


The English love for Berlioz reflects the love that the composer felt for Shakespeare, which can be seen throughout his works. "There is no city in the world, I am convinced" – he wrote – "where so much music is consumed as in London". He regularly read the London press and closely followed the reactions to performances of his works. This 2019 anniversary concert was inundated by Londoners and the venue was sold out well before the day of the performance itself. John Nelson commands his gigantic team with a masterly hand, in perfect time, and with a perfect familiarity with a composer that he loves above all others, as once did Sir Colin Davis. The Philharmonia Orchestra responds to his slightest indication. The tenor's brief part is magnified by the voice of Michael Spyres, who projects across the assembly from the pulpit. An immense musical and commemorative event, the memory of which will long be kept alive by this album. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: I. Requiem - Kyrie (Introït) [Live]
00:09:52

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: II. Dies irae - Tuba mirum (Live)
00:12:27

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: III. Quid sum miser (Live)
00:02:57

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: IV. Rex tremendae (Live)
00:06:16

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: V. Quaerens me (Live)
00:04:41

Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VI. Lacrymosa (Live)
00:10:18

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VII. Offertoire - Domine (Live)
00:08:32

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: VIII. Offertoire - Hostias (Live)
00:03:19

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: IX. Sanctus (Live)
00:11:31

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75: X. Agnus Dei (Live)
00:11:36

Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra - Hector Berlioz, Composer - London Philharmonic Choir, Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus, Chorus - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Ascanio's Purse under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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Though the celebrations in France were rather patchy in terms of official concerts, apart from the Festival Berlioz de La Côte-Saint-André, the anniversary of 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz was marked with great pomp in London, where fervent Berliozian John Nelson, conducted the Requiem on the very day of the event, 8 March 2019, in the gigantic St Paul's Cathedral, at the heart of the "City" of the UK capital.


With three hundred musicians and chorists, this was one of the high points of the Berlioz calendar and a real London 'happening'. To save French honour, a colossal concert was recorded and filmed by a team who came from Paris, under the artistic direction of Daniel Zalay. One can imagine the difficulty involved in recording such a sprawling team, spread out throughout the vast edifice that was built after the great fire of 1666. Miraculously spared by the German bombs of 1940, it has a powerful symbolism for Londoners.


The English love for Berlioz reflects the love that the composer felt for Shakespeare, which can be seen throughout his works. "There is no city in the world, I am convinced" – he wrote – "where so much music is consumed as in London". He regularly read the London press and closely followed the reactions to performances of his works. This 2019 anniversary concert was inundated by Londoners and the venue was sold out well before the day of the performance itself. John Nelson commands his gigantic team with a masterly hand, in perfect time, and with a perfect familiarity with a composer that he loves above all others, as once did Sir Colin Davis. The Philharmonia Orchestra responds to his slightest indication. The tenor's brief part is magnified by the voice of Michael Spyres, who projects across the assembly from the pulpit. An immense musical and commemorative event, the memory of which will long be kept alive by this album. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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